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nar·row

 (năr′ō)
adj. nar·row·er, nar·row·est
1. Of small or limited width, especially in comparison with length.
2. Limited in area or scope; cramped.
3. Lacking flexibility; rigid: narrow opinions.
4. Barely sufficient; close: a narrow margin of victory.
5. Painstakingly thorough or attentive; meticulous: narrow scrutiny.
6. Linguistics Tense.
v. nar·rowed, nar·row·ing, nar·rows
v.tr.
1. To reduce in width or extent; make narrower.
2. To limit or restrict: narrowed the possibilities down to three.
v.intr.
To become narrower; contract.
n.
1. A part of little width, as a pass through mountains.
2. narrows(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A body of water with little width that connects two larger bodies of water.
b. A part of a river or an ocean current that is not wide.

[Middle English narwe, from Old English nearu.]

nar′row·ish adj.
nar′row·ly adv.
nar′row·ness n.

narrowing

(ˈnærəʊɪŋ)
n
the act or process of making narrow, limiting, or restricting, in size, scope, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.narrowing - an instance of becoming narrownarrowing - an instance of becoming narrow  
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
coarctation - (biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta
taper - the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
bottleneck, chokepoint, constriction - a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
2.narrowing - a decrease in width
decrease, decrement - a process of becoming smaller or shorter
widening, broadening - an increase in width
3.narrowing - the act of making something narrower
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
broadening, widening - the act of making something wider
Adj.1.narrowing - becoming gradually narrower; "long tapering fingers"; "trousers with tapered legs"
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
2.narrowing - (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
Translations

narrowing

[ˈnærəʊɪŋ] N [of road, path, channel] → estrechamiento m
the narrowing of the gap between rich and poorel acortamiento de la distancia que separa a ricos y pobres

narrowing

n estenosis f (form), estrechamiento
References in classic literature ?
Denser and denser grows this dome of vapours, descending lower and lower upon the sea, narrowing the horizon around the ship.
Kutuzov repeated, his laughing eye narrowing more and more as he looked at Pierre.
The eyes were bestial, yellow-green, the pupils dilating and narrowing with sharp swiftness as they sought about among the lights and glooms of the room.
My thoughts of her and of others were the forbearing thoughts of a man whose mind was withdrawn already from the world, whose views were narrowing fast to the one idea of his own death.
Under all this grim melancholy and narrowing concentration of desire, Mr.
Let me see," she went on, throwing back her head and narrowing her fine eyes till they shone like two vivid points of light.
So, year after year, Silas Marner had lived in this solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot, and his life narrowing and hardening itself more and more into a mere pulsation of desire and satisfaction that had no relation to any other being.
Firmly narrowing upward from this wealthy but inconspicuous substratum was the compact and dominant group which the Mingotts, Newlands, Chiverses and Mansons so actively represented.